quidni pro quo

Random musings at random intervals. Erudition not guaranteed.

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Location: El Paso area, Texas, United States

I'm a 40-something Christian, conservative, pro-life, Constitutionalist, motorcycle-riding, pick-up truck driving, wife, mother, state employee, ham radio operator and part-time college student, enlisted in the Texas State Guard. Everything else is subject to revision without notice.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Soda Bottle Bombs

Heads up. If it's happening in Michigan, it can happen anywhere. Forwarded to me by a source I trust, and confirmed by Snopes. There's a video on the Snopes page showing one of these bottles exploding. 

Police warn of pop bottle bombs left in yards in York township
snopes.com: Bottle Bombs

Pass it on.

Memorial Day 2010

"[L]et us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their valor, and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died." --Ronald Reagan at Pointe du Hoc, 1984

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dear Diary,

Got home after work on Thursday & decided it was time to wash the bike.  Changed my clothes, pulled the gray bike out of the garage, and set to work.

An hour later I had a very clean, sparkly shiny black and chrome motorcycle sitting in the driveway, and no time left to ride that evening.  Showered, enjoyed the K5WPH Multiplex net, went to bed.

Friday evening I took a brief ride out to a friend's house and decided the Harley boots I'd gotten for riding weren't fit for riding... that style might work for someone with larger feet but the height and placement of the heel was too uncomfortable for me for shifting and braking.  If I had the heel behind the peg I could barely reach the lever; if the heel was on the peg my toes were higher than was comfortable & I had to bend my ankle more to move the lever.  My legs were cramping by the time I got home again.   How do some gals manage to ride in high heels??? 

Today I got up early and rode the bike into town for an oil/filter change (I wore my old riding boots this time), and found a new pair of summer-weight riding gloves in the shop as a bonus.  Mechanic said I should easily get another 2k-3k miles from the current tires before I need to start thinking about replacing them. 

After the oil change I rode a few blocks over to one of the local gun stores to pick up a couple more "party favors" - i.e personal OC spray canisters.  I seem to have this tendency to give mine away when I run into female acquaintances who for whatever reason can't or won't pursue a CHL.  I got 2 this time, so I have a backup just in case.

Not a very exciting day, but I got to ride the bike and so it's a good day in my book.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bordering on Insanity....

Bordering on Insanity

If you cross the North Korean border illegally you get 12 years hard labor.

If you cross the Iranian border illegally you are detained indefinitely.

If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot.

If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally you will be jailed.

If you cross the Chinese border illegally you may never be heard from again.

If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.

If you cross the Cuban border illegally you will be thrown into political prison to rot.

If you cross the U.S. border illegally you get:
  •  a job,
  • a drivers license,
  • social security card,
  • welfare,
  • food stamps,
  • credit cards,
  • subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house,
  • free education,
  • free health care,
  • a lobbyist in washington
  • billions of dollars worth of public documents printed in your language
  • the right to carry your country's flag while you protest that you don't get enough respect
  • and, in many instances, you can vote.
(by way of The Patriot Post, link in the title above.)